L.A. Unified Board proclaims April as Financial Literacy Month

LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2017) – The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education unanimously voted today to approve a resolution encouraging schools to incorporate lessons on financial literacy during the month of April.

Proclaiming April as “Financial Literacy Month,” the resolution also encourages families and employees to make a year-round effort to access tools and information that help them to take ownership of their financial futures.

Board Member Mónica Ratliff sponsored the resolution along with Board President Steve Zimmer, and fellow Board Members Mónica García and Dr. Ref Rodriguez.

“Financial literacy and knowledge allows students to pursue their goals and dreams into adulthood without getting waylaid by debt or financial insecurity,” Board Member Ratliff said. “I look forward to our schools’ progress in fostering learning opportunities and increased financial literacy skills among our stakeholders.”

Board Member Dr. Rodriguez underscored empowerment as a result of improved financial literacy.

"To be successful, students need to be financially literate and know life skills, such as how to open a bank account and how much they need to make and save each month to reach their goals," Board Member Dr. Rodriguez said. “I am happy to support the District’s efforts in ensuring our students have the information they need to take ownership of their financial future.”

Board Member García echoed his message of empowerment.

“Let’s learn about financial literacy!” she said. “The more we know about dollars and cents, the more powerful we are.”

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 Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766

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